There is a saying, an old Khmer proverb in Cambodia that goes, “lbaeng taeng vineah (Khmer: ល្បែងតែងវិនាស)”. This roughly translates to “Gambling destroys Life” and as such, gambling is illegal in the country.
Although a 50,000 Riel and a 1 month prison term has been stipulated as the penalty for gambling, locals still continue to gamble while the government looks the other way. Locals enter the casinos freely without any fuss whatsoever. But this is not at all surprising because apart from the aforementioned revenue that casinos generate, there is a Cambodian belief that a man who does not gamble is not masculine enough.
Online Poker: Legal
Live Poker: Legal
Casinos with Poker:
– Casinos & Poker Rooms in Cambodia –
Lion City in Sihanoukville is a Poker room where you’ll find daily Cash Games and regular tournaments. Read More…
Nagaworld poker in Phnom Pehn offering is quite unsatisfactory as they normally hold only about 2 tables with a $1/$2 limit every day. The rake for games is good enough compared to its counterpart in other Asian countries. Read More…
Game tables of No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha open on a daily basis at the Riverking Poker Phnom Penh. Only poker room in Cambodia offering Omaha games. Sundays are reserved for tournaments. Read More…
The poker room is separated from the main casino of Queenco Sihanoukville and runs cash games. However, it is best to call before visiting as games can be irregular especially during low season. Read More…
– Playing Live Poker in Cambodia –
Live Poker Legislation in Cambodia
Gambling had been illegal since the reign of the Khmer Rouge. But in the 1990s the government decided to start building casinos near the border to attract foreigners, especially the Thais and the Vietnamese, to cross over and play while prohibiting the locals from enjoying the same leisure. This had proven to be successful as the country enjoyed great revenue from the existence of these border casinos considered now to be a cash cow the Cambodian government could not live without.
Live Poker Venues in Cambodia
The more popular border casino strips are Bavet on the Vietnamese border and Poipet on the Thai boundary. However, NagaWorld, located at the heart of Phnom Penh, is the undisputed king of casinos in Cambodia. Having a monopoly over a 200km2 radius of the capital, NagaWorld is the main casino to go to in South Indochina.
Because of the limited options for poker in Cambodia, unauthorized venues are available and can easily be found especially in the capital.
– Playing Online Poker in Cambodia –
Online Poker Legislation in Cambodia
No regulation. No Restriction. Access to all major sites.